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elements Twist and shape glitzy wire onto your Christmas trees and wreaths in vivid purple, as well as traditional green, red, silver and gold, $9.95 a roll, Distinctions, Independence.

Industrial chic has curves — in the form of this metal bowl, $36, filled with silver balls ($3.50 each) and wire balls ($7.25 to $10), Vintage Iron, Cedar Falls.

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White-hot purple is one of winter’s trends. Toss this ruffled purple pillow on a chair, couch or bed, $53, Interior Perfections, Hiawatha.

“Sing we joyous, all together ...” is a favorite lyric from the Welsh carol “Deck the Halls.” It’s time, once again, to fill our homes with light, holiday spirit, beauty and seasonal delights in merry measure. Some of these treasures make perfect gifts or home accents that will last long after the final “fa-la-la-la-la.”

Latex flowers offer subtle pops of color, $19.95 each, Distinctions, Independence.

For the man who has everything, give him a crystal ball in a sculpted hand to display in his office. Large hand, $199, crystal ball, $154, Interior Perfection, Hiawatha. 6


Metal and glass candleholders will look lovely on a holiday buffet or table, $75, silver reindeer, $35.50, Smulekoff’s, Cedar Rapids.

Perfect in the bedroom, this shapely, three-drawer chest in silver leaf from Hooker Furniture has drawers wallpapered in silvered damask peonies, $1,235, Home Interiors, Cedar Falls.

“You are a miracle” — how much better does positive self-talk get? Hang this soft print on the wall for daily inspiration, $58. Vintage Iron, Cedar Falls.

Never set a wine bottle on the dinner table again. Instead, cradle it in this swirl of metal. Great as a gift, $58, Vintage Iron, Cedar Falls.

Spring will always be in the air with this beautiful, large butterfly print from Dwell, Coralville, $949.

Comfortable and cozy for a long winter’s sleep, a chaise lounge dressed in quilted leather, Interior Perfection, Hiawatha.

You don’t need a lot of room for a home office with this retro-flavored secretary witha drop-down desk top and a secret compartment. Limed oak finish, $3,373, Home Interiors, Cedar Falls.

Fragrant, long-lasting candles of pure soy, the Kobo Motif collection smells divine, $35, Interior Perfection, Hiawatha.

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elements A quartet of glass vases dangles from an iron hanger, $224, Little Red Schoolhouse, Independence.

Update your holiday color scheme with sophisticated chocolate and silver in familiar Christmas trees and stars. Trees, $7.25 to $14.50, and stars, $34.75 and $79.25, Basket of Daisies, Cedar Falls.

The clubby Ruby Chair features a French postcard pattern that is tres chic — and very trendy — right now, $395, Basket of Daisies, Cedar Falls.

Santa Claus is coming to town, dressed in a cool coppery suit, $69, bauble, $4, Covenant Gift Shop, Waterloo.

Idea file No matter the size, lanterns are an in-demand decorating accessory. If you’ve got one, surround a batteryoperated candle (some even have remote controls!) and tuck in a little greenery and glitzy sprigs for a great centerpiece or table-topper. Large lantern, $212, Basket of Daisies, Cedar Falls.



what’s hot now Modern classic wing chair from Candice Olson Renay Moore, a spokesperson for Norwalk Furniture — home to the furniture collection of Candice Olson — was at Home Interiors in Cedar Falls recently to talk about Olson’s new direction for 2012. Olson loves the play of light on fabrics, Moore says, and unexpected sparkle and luster. “Candace is very closely involved in creating her collections, down to the depth and height of a sofa, and she’s very particular about every detail,” she explains. Olson says the key to decorating a home is to create a “sense of welcome and warmth, with just a spark of personality, that makes you feel good when you walk in the door. Think about comforting layers of textures, a spirited play of light and a few unexpected elements that add wow.” The HGTV interior designer’s new Lou Lou Limited Edition chair continues to expand her vision for real living with classic inspiration and a modern attitude. A play on the wing chair, it wears Calvin linen in aqua, embellished with an elaborate design in Swarovski Elements aquamarine crystals on the inside back and oversized spaced silver nail heads just above the maple decorative wood base with a Filbert finish. “The Lou Lou Limited Edition Chair takes its cue from the fashion industry,” Olson says. “The soft tonal effect of aquamarine Swarovski Elements crystals on aqua linen creates quiet drama.”

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Valspar’s mix of soft grays shows how nicely the color plays in any living space. “Tribal Drum” is a natural neutral in Behr Paints’ new color palette, not too dark or too pale.

Leather looks luxurious in stone. A variation on the wing chair, the Dylan chair is from Crate and Barrel.

nature’s neutral Cool gray — every shade, hue, tone or tint — is sizzling hot. We see it everywhere from paint and wallcoverings to upholstery fabrics, furniture and accessories. Designers love gray because it plays nice with other colors, never challenging or overpowering whatever its paired with, and its range is wide from soft and mild to deep and dark. Color expert Leatrice Eiseman from Pantone says neutral gray isn’t actually a color but is termed “anachromatic,” devoid of hue. She says it ages gracefully because it isn’t “trendy.” Gray can be mysterious, subtle, understated, dignified and sophisticated, the perfect backdrop. Use it to play up juicy, bright tones like lime green and pinks or pair it with white for a crisp, clean look. Gray mixed with taupe has a natural appeal, and gray can be amazing in monochromatic color schemes as long as you incorporate lots of texture and shades of gray and silver to keep it from falling flat.




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Ferm Living shows knitted baskets. These baskets are made of cotton rope and make interesting textured storage pieces.

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Several years later, her growing collection includes a funky ’70s-era chair covered in the Union Jack, a cushion festooned with ruffly knit “corsages,” and several pieces upholstered in a cozy, creamy fisherman knit.

Melanie Porter shows a chair by Porter, a funky ’70sera chair covered in the Union Jack, a cushion festooned with ruffly knit “corsages,” and several pieces upholstered in a cozy, creamy fisherman knit.

London-based knitwear designer Melanie Porter turned her skills to home furnishings when she acquired an antique chair that needed reupholstering.

Like a soft, comfy sweater, the array of knitwearinspired home decor now on the market is easy to love. Knitting’s a trendy hobby, so it makes sense that furnishings designers want to play with the materials and motifs, too.

Bauke Knottnerus’s Phat Knits takes enormous noodle-like threads and knits them into giant floor mats. Ferm Living offers cotton rope knitted into casual yet stylish baskets and floor pillows in warm tones of mustard, teal and charcoal. CB2 has plump, pellet-filled knitted poufs in similar hues, including blood orange.



Claire Anne O’Brien draws on her Irish roots to craft chunky, colorful stools that exaggerate the scale of several knitting stitches. And her “Chairwear” pieces are exactly that — furniture dressed in sweater slipcovers, complete with turtlenecks, buttons and cuffs. Pudelskern, a design house in Innsbruck, Austria, creates lamps out of flame-resistant wool. The “Granny” is a pendant lamp cable-knit out of Tyrolean mountain sheep’s wool. Available in ecru and raspberry, it would look just as great in a mountain chalet as an urban loft.

CB2 shows a knitted camo pouf. Knitting’s a trendy hobby, so it makes sense that furnishings designers want to play with the materials and motifs, too.

Melanie Porter shows knitted furniture by Porter. The London-based knitwear designer turned her skills to home furnishings when she acquired an antique chair that needed reupholstering.

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Lazy Susan USA’s oval ring table shows the strength in metal-strapped pieces and armor-like finishes for home decor.

Hotel luxe Think luxury hotel suite. Gleaming chrome-legged furniture is topped with everything from nubby silk upholstery to cowhide and melty leathers. Neutral palettes run from warm earth, caramel and cream to cooler soot, putty and — decor’s new darling — grayed mauve. Cabin and cottage If homespun’s your thing, you’ll love these textile designs. Scandinavian influence dominates, with Swedish and Finnish studios offering woven wool pillow covers, blankets, wall hangings and even trivets cut into star, tree and animal patterns. Buy up all the unbleached linen you can find; it’s hotter than a January hearth. retro Jonathan Adler stays true to his aesthetic with a sassy collection of dachshund-shaped accessories, tufted and soignée leather chairs, and ’70s colors like tangerine and aquamarine. Look for walnut or walnut veneer to dominate as elements of the ’60s and ’70s meet modern design.

Design Within Reach has reproduced Danish designer Verner Panton’s System 1-2-3 chair, a swivel-based, cantilevered ribbon of coolness, upholstered in orange or gray.

Color continues Powder-coated metal trash cans, hooks and shelving are clad in M&M hues, which make the utilitarian fun. Suzanis, batiks, ikats, and other village and tribal prints run strong. Brights are big, but several designers have reinterpreted the designs in the newest palette — muted purple, carbon, lemongrass and clay.





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ilver bells. Mistletoe. A miniature sleigh with eight tiny reindeer. “Everybody has a lot more Christmas stuff than they want,” said interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of decordemon. com. “Less is more,” said Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design, in Los Angeles. Use just some of your decorations each year, just as an art curator might display only part of a collection at one time. 1. Don’t feel obligated to decorate every room. Put a few decorations in your entryway, where they are visible from the street and to arriving guests. Then concentrate on the room where you spend the most time. 2. Try altering the green and red palette by using only your red and cream pieces, or only the green and gold. Or try “doing it all ivory and white, with some plaid,” said Burnham. 3. Inject fresh style by bringing in new shades. Ornaments can be inexpensive, so try using all the silver and white pieces you have, then adding new ones in violet or hot pink. Or add shades of brown with purple or



deep red to balance “the femininity of garlands and bows,” Flynn said. 4. Use red and green colors in unexpected shades — say, a holiday table in lime green and deep cranberry. 5. Focus on celebrating the season; so think snowflakes rather than Santa. Go natural with birch logs, chestnuts and pine branches, for example. 6. A holiday table set with white dishes and white linens evokes snowy winters. 7. Buy three different wrapping papers that you love, then use the gifts to decorate the house. Try plain brown paper with luxurious plaid ribbons. 8. Repurpose last year’s holiday cards as new ornaments by cutting them into circles and triangles with crafting scissors that give a beveled edge. Hang them on the tree with ribbon. 9. Think about the classic shapes and do something different, such skipping the wreath in favor of a cluster of pine branches on the front door. 10. Don’t forget to light things up with light strings and battery-operated candles and votives. •

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It’s easy to create eye-catching appeal. Simply gather together garlands, faux foliage, evergreen and berries, a collection of baubles and other favorite objects, and spend some time playing to achieve your perfect look. Hang a big wreath over a mirror above the fireplace or switch the artwork for a wreath. Mix all kinds of evergreens — artificial is fine and practical. For impact, wrap together two fake garlands, then wrap with lights and festoon with faux berries, pine cones, grapevines, ornaments or festoons of ribbons. Mix and match glass vases filled with pine cones, bare branches, shiny ornaments, nuts such as pecans or walnuts in the shell (you can spray paint them with metallic paint for fun), cranberries, cut amaryllis flowers, pillar candles, etc. Remember to layer. Stagger heights in arranging objects; consider scale and balance. Place larger objects first, followed by smaller objects. Walk away from it and then study from different angles. Tweak as needed. These fireplace mantels were decorated by The Mansion in Iowa City.

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n the heart of Iowa, as the holidays approach, snow is no sure thing. The fluffy white stuff gives the season a nice ambiance, but seems almost superfluous when the home is already decorated in Christmas card-perfect style. Snow becomes just frosting on the landscape. Just weeks before holiday entertaining was set to begin, homeowners asked Interior Perfections’ Kennon Springer to spruce up the grand home on their newly purchased wooded estate. Actually, it was more than that. The interior designer had to tackle the entire first floor — from the foyer to the master bedroom — in record time. The transformation was “exciting. We had >>



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to furnish each space beautifully, find great accessories and festively decorate for the holidays at the same time,” Springer recalls. The home’s bones were superb — lofty ceilings, tall windows, vast spaces, architectural details — but the challenge was to make it warm and inviting. The goal was to create luxurious and welcoming rooms, with a sense of understated opulence and tradition. With a looming deadline, Springer and his assistant, Sarah Goesling, used all of their skill, resources and contacts to

pull it off. The spacious first floor includes a large foyer and dramatic staircase, formal dining room, living room, kitchen, hearth room, library and master suite. Springer’s first step was to “think big.” Overscaled spaces need to be brought back down to human size, true in any home with tall or cathedral ceilings, long windows and an open-concept plan. If sofas, chairs and other furnishings aren’t the right size and scale, they will be swallowed up and look like doll furniture.

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In the hearth room with its soaring stone fireplace, just off the kitchen, for example, Springer cozily wrapped a high-backed sectional around a corner of the room. The custom-upholstered piece was backed in wood and featured leather and nailhead trim. More than a baker’s dozen plush pillows casually tossed onto the sectional make it an ideal landing spot on a cold evening. The designer chose a rich shade of espresso, combined with pops of icy blue, as the color link between the clearly defined spaces, and there is nothing timid about the mix of textures — leather, chenille, silk, fringes, nailhead trim and faux fur. Lush draperies puddle on the floor and a custom-inset stained glass ceiling draws attention to the crystal chandelier in the dining room. Festive table settings and seasonal greenery add drama to the long table. •

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Idea file Whether a home is large or small, often today’s designs feature soaring ceilings and an open-concept plan. That makes decorating a challenge. Try these designer tips to make your house feel like home: — Choose higher-back sofas, larger art work and taller lamps to match their oversize scale. — White or off-white walls and ceilings can look cold and stark. Color can add warmth and human scale to spaces. — Darker paint colors can bring the walls in visually. — Decorative moldings, chandeliers and ceiling fans make ceilings appear less remote. — Use tall wainscoting and extra-wide chair rails stained a different color to the walls to break up the vastness. — When furnishing large spaces, cluster your seating arrangements. Clusters create intimacy, so you don’t feel like you’re floating in the middle of an ocean of space. Source: McClatchy Newspapers •


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small house that’s perfect for entertaining? It may sound like an oxymoron, but there’s no doubt Jerry and Lynn Spurgat are a hospitable couple who love to entertain in their 1929 Craftsman bungalow. There’s always room to squeeze in one or two more guests, and it simply adds to the fun if everyone spills out of the living and dining rooms into the sunroom or in summer, the portico and garden.



“Our home works quite well for entertaining,” says Lyn. “It’s small but it was well-thought out when it was built, which made it easy for us to expand as much as we could.” Jerry, a retired designer, and Lyn, now retired from nursing, purchased the home in 1975, only its second owners, and immediately began renovations. From the outside, the bungalow has good bones with its cross-gabled roof, wide overhanging eaves and broad front porch. Inside, quality workmanship and original Arts & Crafts details are evident. Over the years, the couple have updated the kitchen three times, >>

The Spurgats eked out every square inch of space in the diminutive kitchen, even finding room for a small drop-leaf island.

Living large in a small space Text | The Washington Post — Limited space is a good reason to ramp up personal style. Here are some tricks gleaned from interior designers: — Maximize wall space. — Don’t be afraid to move things around. Line up art “salon style.” Or combine framed children’s paintings, black-and-white photograph. botanicals and lithographs. Build shelves above doorways and windows, as well as under window seats. — Create an entrance hall. — Dedicate a space adjacent or near the door for stashing essential items. — Consider hooks for dog leashes as well as small baskets for each member of the family for their keys, sunglasses and phones. — Go bold with light fixtures. — Dump the dinky chandeliers for statement pieces for the most impact. A large chandelier adds drama and dresses up a room. — Keep flooring simple. — Consider neutral flooring, whether it’s rugs, seagrass carpet, hardwood or tiles. — Scout vintage furniture. — Look for small armchairs, benches, loveseats and settees at consignment stores, flea markets and thrift shops. — Coordinate window coverings. — Flowing curtains may have too much volume. Choose something simple that will work in every room of the house, such as Roman shades.

— Eliminate the big, rolled arms on sofas and chairs. This takes up lots of space and looks inflated in a smaller room. Try low-profile arms or straight, more modern arms; use tight-backed cushions. — Take the skirts off of upholstered pieces. — Try two smaller cocktail tables over a larger coffee table. —Instead of a coffee table, use a small ottoman with lockable casters. This way you can have a table with a tray or a usable seat. — Use one or two pieces of large-scale furniture and art instead of filling the space with small pieces; it will seem larger and less cluttered. — Go with a coffee table that feels barely there, such as Lucite or glass — Round furniture and rugs take up less space and visual weight. — Have a color scheme that runs throughout the space. Don’t try to go for a different look in every area. — Connect each space. — Nothing makes a small space feel smaller than a ton of small accessories. Select fewer and larger items. —Move furniture away from walls. This way, the eyes go around the room and don’t get stuck on any particular point —Custom-cut a room-shaped area rug to visually enlarge the room by taking your eyes to the edges of the room. Kitchen concepts — Make sure to use the tallest upper cabinets that you can. Take them to the ceiling. — Use cabinetry panels on appliances such as dishwashers, dish drawers, trash containers and refrigerators to streamline the look. WINTER 2011 23

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When patio space is at a premium, go vertical with visual interest, such as tall palms and mobiles. Indoors, mirrors and a clear glass sink create drama in the bathroom.

taking advantage of vertical space in tight quarters for hanging pots and pans and installing cabinetry to the ceiling. They’ve added a studio that has become the TV den, as well as a sunroom and master bedroom and transformed another bedroom into a half-bath. Upstairs there is a bedroom and plenty of storage in closets Jerry built. Several years ago, the front porch was enclosed. Maximizing space has meant employing a few visual tricks. In the living room, for example, wallpaper doesn’t stop at the walls. Strips also were carefully applied to woodwork for continuity. Jerry built and installed slender shelves near the ceiling to display their beloved collectibles — “if we get more things, I just built another shelf,” he said. Mirrors on walls and furniture, even framed and hanging on the garden fence, reflect and add sparkle. Lyn applied mirrors to the dining room table surface and if one gets damaged, she simply pops it up and replaces it. “We started with a box of mirrors and it was fun to do. We got carried away and just kept going. Mirrored surfaces give the house depth and the illusion of more space,” she explained. Their taste is equally eclectic, built around their passion for art and traveling. The Peace Corps veterans volunteered in Afghanistan from 1965 to 1971, where they met and subsequently married on a brief trip back to the U.S. before returning to Kabul. They returned home with items ranging from rugs and samovars to miniature paintings. Old black-and-white pictures of family members rub frames with vintage Afghan art, such as a photograph of that country’s former Queen Mother, military medals and an embroidered shirt. There’s an ornate Pakistani wedding chair in the living room — “the most uncomfort >> WINTER 2011 25

able chair in the house,” Jerry says, but striking — and in the sunroom, handmade rope furniture from Afghanistan that has been painted innumerable times. There’s also a massive Afghanistani copper tray once used for making candy and taffy, now set atop a turntable stand to serve as a coffee table. “We’ve collected what we like. Most everything we have kept has a special meaning or story to it. Things have to have a purpose, and of course, when that purpose goes away, you have a garage sale,” Jerry said, laughing. •

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hen this family began planning their dream home, everyone had a wish list: Dad wanted a room where he could house his guitar collection and play and record music, a bar area for entertaining and a basketball hoop. Daughter wanted a chair rail in her bedroom and to chose her own paint colors. Son wanted to have his bedroom in the lower level so he could hang out.

But Mom’s wish list was much longer. “I have a passion for decorating, and I wanted to put my own stamp on the house. I had to have Carrera marble in the master bath because I love that spa feeling. I wanted light-colored cabinets in the kitchen and granite counter tops, and I wanted dark wood floors because they look more grounded and make the cream colors I like pop,” she said. Through careful and thoughtful planning, everyone got exactly what they wanted in this 4,200-square-foot home. There are custom cabinets, granite counter tops, a double-sided brick fireplace in the living room and kitchen, custom tile shower and whirlpool, archways and columns, painted trim and crown moldings, a wet >> WINTER 2011 27

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bar and a central vacuum system. “Asian walnut hardwood floors have a hand-scraped look that adds texture,” said Jackie Kugler of Kugler Construction. “We’re pleased about the whole house. It turned out beautifully, and it was wonderful to work with these homeowners. Some people can’t visualize how something is going to turn out from looking at plans, but she could, and that makes it great for us.” In the kitchen, custom maple cabinetry is finished in soft cream with a tobacco glaze, the perfect counterpoint to the mix of dark (“Ubba >>

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Tuba”) and pale (“Typhoon Beige”) granite. “And it took me forever to figure out what I wanted for the backsplash,” the homeowner said. “I brought home a sample of glass tile and leaned it up against the wall and there it was — perfect.” She got the open floor plan she wanted, but kept the kitchen out of view of the front door. She also added healthy dollops of character throughout the home, including a medallion salvaged from an old building to play off the dining room’s chandelier, a tray ceiling in the living room and crown molding throughout the home. Window treatments were designed and created by Julie Meyers from Decorating Den in Waverly. The master bedroom is light and airy, with an accent wall painted in ash violet, and the bathroom’s soft sage green color scheme plays nicely against the Carrera marble, creating a spalike retreat. Outside, the Trex deck is durable and easy living for outdoor gatherings, and the exterior fireplace gives the setting ambiance — and a place to make s’mores on cool evenings. “I love coming home to this house. I was shooting for a home that was relaxed and casual — we’re not formal people — and a house where my husband and I can grow old. We were going to do this one time, and I wanted to get it right.” •

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all it a kitchen intervention. The homeowners had grown to dislike their 1970s kitchen. It was claustrophobic, with inadequate space to cook for two adults and five children, a window with a street view that let everyone and their dogs watch them washing dishes, no access to the dining room and tired, dated cabinetry, fixtures and appliances. Enter interior designer Kathy Flack. She has counseled the owners through numerous remodeling projects, and her familiarity with their personal style was the prescription needed to take this kitchen from disaster to timeless classic. Flack, of Flack Interior Design Associates, a division of Simpson Furniture, proposed wholesale changes. “The kitchen needed to be functional and energy-efficient with durable finishes and an air of casual, comfortable elegance that fit with



This kitchen island, above, serves multiple purposes for a busy family, including casual meals and accessing the Internet and e-mails via Google technology. A dramatic hood and granite backsplash make the range another focal point.

the rest of the house. Priorities were to move the sink away from the front of the ranch-style house, open access to the dining room and add work stations that would be practical and useful,” she said. Koch Construction did the work. Space was borrowed from a closet and half-bath, and the wall between kitchen and dining room was knocked down. Columns conceal metal supports on weightbearing walls. “I know what I like. I found joy in the whole project, it was a dream team to work with, and I’m happy to have had the experience. There isn’t a thing I would change. It’s perfect happiness,” said the homeowner. Premium finishes and just a little glitz were on her wishlist, and Flack delivered. Italian porcelain floor tiles, with their metallic glaze in chocolate, silver and bronze, have a chameleon quality that changes color as the light shifts, picking up metallic accents in the rest of the house. Kitchen designer Mike Flanscha brought in custom kitchen cabinetry from Plato Woodwork. The raised panel, traditional cabinetry has all the qualities of finely made furniture, unexpectedly finished in ivory with a coffee glaze. Pantry doors and the garage entrance were painted to mimic the finish. The refrigerator blends in with the rest of the cabinetry and has brushed nickel handles with a classic acan- >>

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thus leaf motif. One work station has a built-in coffee center. An an elaborate hood vent gives the range a hearthlike look, and it’s plumbed to fill big pasta pots. The kitchen’s TV has Google technology, and the media center is hard-wired, allowing the family to access and answer e-mails and surf the web from the island. The island is silver metallic glazed in bronze and hides the Kohler apron-front sink, a microwave in a drawer, storage and offers seating space to easily fit the clan. A faux soffit adds visual height to the eight-foot ceilings and provides a setting for the dramatic crystal chandelier. Using R-16 light bulbs (found in jewelry stores) makes the crystals sparkle. Perimeter cabinets and the island are topped with two different but complementary granite slabs. A pearlescent, matte-finished granite tops the island, while other cabinets are dressed in a warmly colored granite with honed finish. The stones have little movement or pattern, giving the appearance of marble. Flack added a few touches of whimsy, too, such as the bar area’s black mosaic, nickel-trimmed sink with a sculpted sun as a drain plug. Wallcoverings are a metallic paper that balances the light and dark tones and makes finishes pop. •

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10 easy kitchen fixes A kitchen remodel not in the budget? If replacing cabinets or appliances — or a complete kitchen remodel — is several years down the road, you can update an outdated kitchen with a few changes without breaking the bank. 1. Paint. Who doesn’t know that paint is one of the easiest and fastest ways to update a kitchen? Paint your walls a fresh new color or paint cabinets in a matte or glossy finish. Dark colors are trendy now, but crisp, clean white can be a new lease on life, too. Contrast cabinets with walls. Chalkboard paint can transform an upper cabinet into a fun message center. Paint the kitchen table, island or work station a different color . 2. Install new hardware on cabinets. 3. Reface cabinets with new cabinet doors instead of buying all new cabinets. Or chose a DIY product like Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformations, a coating system that can change the look of worn cabinets. 4. Change out the sink and/or faucet. You’ll find plenty of options that can be DIY- or professionally installed. 5. Appliance Art ( lets you transform refrigerators and dishwashers using large magnets. Design panels include stainless steel, wood, landscapes, florals, animals, quotes, humor, paintings and more. 6. New backsplash. Aspect tiles are lightweight metal tiles that peel and stick to the wall, available in several finishes. SimpleMat is another product that (thesimplemat. com) makes it easy to get a tile backsplash right because it bonds instantly with no waiting between setting and grouting. 7. Install a dimmer switch to control lighting and install under-cabinet lighting pucks or rope lighting. 8. Update window coverings. 9. Countertop overlays are available, allowing you to install a new countertop over an existing one. 10. De-clutter your countertops. From a kitchen

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allpaper falls in and out of fashion, but it’s back in a big way now. “It’s about creating a different mood or feeling. It’s a way to get a room out of the doldrums. You can create an environment. It’s a simple design tool that can visually transport you to so many different places. The beauty of wallpaper is that there is so much that is realistically priced,” says interior John Loecke. Loecke (pronounced Lucky), is originally from Davenport and now lives and headquarters his design firm in a Brooklyn, N.Y., brownstone. His work has been featured in numerous shelter magazines, including House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Domino and Renovation Style, and on HGTV’s “Small Space, Big Style.” House Beautiful named him one of their top 25 young designers in 2004, and he’s authored several books. The designer is also a huge, really HUGE, fan of wallpaper. With his partner Jason Oliver Nixon, Loecke has made his brownstone into a design laboratory, where he experiments >> WINTER 2011 41

hot colors in wallpapers Purple — all shades reign supreme Pink paired with masculine colors — brown, taupe, navy Blues in the extremes, from mist to navy Greens, especially avocado, olive and pistachio Dark gray — graphite, stone and dark slate Champagne gold Crisp white with a touch of shine or sparkle

Previous page: From top left, York Wallcoverings in a fern leaf motif; Thibault’s “Argentina Damask”; and Philip Jeffries’ “Rivets” wallpaper. This page, a dog-themed wallpaper is sweet but not kitschy. Opposite, a repetitive pattern in soft neutral from York Wallcoverings creates an expansive feeling.

Tackling wallpaper myths Myth 1: Wallpaper is not a good choice for kitchens and baths. The truth: Kitchens are in fact an ideal place to decorate with wallcoverings. They look great and the protective coating on most wallpapers make them washable, many even scrubbable, so maintenance is a snap. Because today’s wallpapers can mimic any surface— tile, stone, metal— and are designed to coordinate with cabinetry and appliances— they’re an affordable way to update a kitchen. Wallpaper is the best way to spruce up guest bathrooms where there’s no shower, and even in bathrooms with a tub or shower, most wallpapers work well. Just use the proper adhesive recommended in the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure it stays put. Myth 2: Wallpaper is a hassle to hang and remove. The truth: Today’s high performance, easy-hang wallpaper (many known as nonwovens) are easy to hang and remove — a great option to ordinary paint. Installation is 42


quick, requires less patching and sanding, less coats and less waiting time between steps than paint. When it’s time to redecorate, most wallpapers come off with ease. Myth 3: You get tired of wallpaper very quickly. The truth: People are often so pleased with their selection that on average, they keep the same pattern up for many years (paint has about a three-year life span). And there’s a vast selection, whether you want to highlight one wall with an attention-getting wallpaper or give an entire room a beautiful look. Myth 4: Wallpaper is a big commitment. The truth: If you fear commitment, selfadhesive, temporary wall décor products are a great option. These peel-and-stick products can be mixed, matched and layered, and they’re repositionable and removable, therefore perfect for rentals or dorm rooms. Source: Wallcoverings Association

with a fearless, take-no-prisoners approach to wallcoverings. Inside this idea incubator, he cooks up whimsical combinations, thoughtful juxatpositions and just plain fun uses for wallpaper. Loecke long ago ditched the “rule” that wallpaper shouldn’t be used in a home’s public areas like the living room, but only in private spaces where showing a bit of individualism is acceptable. “Today’s interior design says ‘create a space that feels comfortable to you.’ It needs to feel like you, reflect you and your interests,” he explains. Wallpaper can create the illusion of space and performs visual tricks that often aren’t possible with paint. “It’s like magic, wallpapering a small powder room, for example. Use the same pattern on the walls and the ceiling. You might think it will make the space feel closed in, but it actually makes you think the walls have disappeared.” It’s OK to splurge on a more expensive wallpaper in small spaces, too, he says. The Wallcoverings Association points to a range of wallpaper choices available, both custom and retail, thank to new technologies in printing and copying, such as add-on embellishments, suede and sand-like finishes, raised inks, textural designs, deep embossing, archival papers from the likes of William Morris but in fresh color palettes, economical graphic looks that are digitally printed, and the flip side, costly handprinted and hand-blocked papers. Loecke dismisses outdated thinking about wallpaper. “Teacups and saucers in the kitchen don’t apply anymore. Now you’re seeing rows of birch trees, a Pottery Barn kind of look, and graphic wallpapers. There are retro looks but they aren’t silly.” • WINTER 2011 43


John Loecke’s idea file: — Mix and match wallpapers. Loecke has used as many as five patterns in a room. — Not feeling very brave? Wallpaper one wall as a focal point. — Wallpaper works well in narrow hallways, tight spaces and spaces that blend together. It can make a room’s awkward size and angles disappear. Dramatic or densely patterned wallcoverings work especially well in these spaces. — Loecke is a fan of wallpapering ceilings to draw the eye upward to dramatic light fixtures and moldings. He also likes contrasting or complementing the ceiling with wallpapered or painted walls. — Take a wallpapered wall one step further with dramatic artwork. Then again, a great wallpaper is art in its own, right? — Can’t afford lots of art? Wallpaper can fill up those spaces. — Think continuity. For example, if you can peer up a staircase and see lots of wall, paper it in a single neutral pattern or texture, such as grasscloth. If the staircase is enclosed, knock yourself out with a great pattern. — Wallpaper can be stain-treated and made wipeable. For the bathroom, look for papers that are marine grade, Loecke suggests. — Rule nothing out. You can find vinyl papers that don’t look like vinyl and are indestructible and synethnic papers that look like wood or another kind of paper. — Don’t be afraid of unpredictable color choices that can result in great design. — Flip through wallpaper books. You’ll see complementary and constrasting patterns in collections that work together, so you can easily coordinate an overall look. — Have wallpaper professionally installed. “It costs no more, really, than hiring a professional painter and you’ll be so much happier with the finished product,” Loecke says.



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orth Carolina artist Bob Timberlake, an internationally acclaimed realist painter, believes Americans are now on the lookout for domestically made products, including furniture. His Bob Timberlake Home collection for Century Furniture is made almost entirely in the company’s Hickory, N.C., plants. “I talk to people all over the country, and I can tell you that the public is rapidly coming back to ‘made in America,’” said Timberlake. More than 60 percent of all upholstered furniture sold in the U.S. is still made here, said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance. “And, while much of wood furniture production has moved overseas, nearly a third is still made right here.” A company Timberlake founded in 2006, Linwood Furniture of Linwood, N.C., introduced two new collections this year.

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White Christmas “If you have two coins, use one to buy bread, the other to buy hyacinths for the joy of your spirit.” — Persian Proverb Headily scented and luscious white hyacinths are great accompanists for red poinsettias or choose one as a solo act during the holidays. Hyacinths are a favorite holiday flower in Europe, either potted or cut stalks, especially in white. Bulbs are easy to force in pots or waterforced in hyacinth jars because the bulbs usually are sold pre-chilled or “pre-prepared.” White hyacinths to look for: — “Carnegie,” white flower spikes dabbed with cream — “White Pearl,” white flower spikes, lightly fragrant — “L’Innocence,” pure white, very early — “Arentine Arendsen,” large white spike, early — “Queen of the Whites,” white, late flowering Hyacinth bulbs can cause skin irritation. Wear gardening gloves and avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes when handling the bulbs.

Great books to give (and receive) Some titles are new, others aren’t, but well-worth thumbing through! “The Revolutionary Yardscape,” Matthew Levesque, Timber Press. Trash talk has helped Matthew Levesque fashion an inventive career in garden design. He holds “creative reuse” workshops, and his “yardscaping” creations have become austerity-chic collectibles. Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens, Charlotte M. Frieze, The Monacelli Press Forty-one cutting-edge gardens, all richly photographed and illustrated, emphasizing design, climate and horticulture. “How Carrots Won The Trojan War,” Rebecca Rupp, Storey Publishing George Washington’s greatest enemy may have been a bowl of peas. That’s just one interesting historical highlight found in this rollicking, addictive discussion of history, lore and traditions about 23 popular veggies. WINTER 2011 47

cuttings Top 2 myths about real Christmas trees 1. Myth: Real Christmas trees are cut down from forests. False: Most trees are grown on tree farms; each year growers plant one to three seedlings for each tree harvest. The U.S. Forest Service does sell permits for harvesting trees in certain locations to create fire breaks. 2. Myth: You save a tree by using an artificial tree. False: Trees are a crop planted specifically for Christmas trees. Close to half a billion trees are currently grown on tree farms in the U.S. Source: National Christmas Tree Association

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entertaining Crescent Bacon Cheesy Triangles Prep time: 20 minutes Start to finish: 35 minutes Makes 16 appetizers 1/4 cup cooked real bacon pieces (from 3-ounce jar or package) 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions (2 medium) 1 can (8 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 1/3 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend 1 egg, beaten 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese Heat oven to 375 F. In small bowl, mix bacon and green onions. Unroll dough and separate into 4 rectangles. Press each into 5 1/2x5-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Cut each rectangle into 4 (2 1/2-inch) squares. Top each dough square with rounded measuring teaspoon bacon mixture, then with measuring teaspoon cheese. Fold dough over filling, forming triangle; press edges to seal. On ungreased cookie sheets, place triangles 2 inches apart. Brush tops with beaten egg. Sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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onvenient, creative and budgetfriendly — not to mention great flavor. That’s all we want from holiday appetizers. Whether it’s a casual gathering for friends, a formal cocktail party, open house or buffet or a kid-friendly family affair, these recipes are perfect for any occasion. These unexpected holiday creations start with refrigerated crescent roll dough and take very little work, so the thought of hosting a party is as appetizing as the food. Golden Shrimp Shells are easy and sophisticated with a dash of red pepper suace and chopped garlic with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Served warm, the recipe can be pre-

pared up to two hours in advance and refrigerated, then baked just before guests arrive. Don’t forge the cocktail sauce. The favorite seasonal flavors of turkey and cranberries are combined in sweet and savory pizza bites. You can use fontina or Swiss or even Gruyère, Emmental, Edam, Gouda or provolone in place of the fontina to create a tailored taste. Adults and kids alike will enjoy Crescent Bacon Cheesy Triangles. The rich flaky crescent roll dough provides the perfect pocket for the real bacon pieces, a blend of Colby-Monterey Jack cheese and green onions. Delicious Mocha Mousse Puffs is a pretty recipe for the holiday table featuring a coffee and chocolate combination guests will enjoy. All of these recipes are provided by Pillsbury Crescent. •

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Spiced Pecans 1 1/2 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups pecan halves Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add chili powder, salt and pepper and stir to blend. Remove from heat. Add pecans and stir to coat. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet. Bake until pecans are golden, about 8 minutes. Cool. Can be made 2 days ahead; store airtight at room temperature.

Slow-Cooker Hot Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Dip 1 (14-ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 cup roasted red pepper strips 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (about 4 ounces) 1 cup Hellmann’s real mayonnaise 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream 1 envelope Lipton Golden Onion Soup mix In 1 1/2-quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook covered on high 2 hours or until heated through. Stir before serving and serve with your favorite dippers. If using a larger slow cooker, double the recipe to ensure proper cooking. Serve with a roasted pita chips. WINTER 2011 49

entertaining Turkey-Cranberry Appetizer Pizza Prep time: 30 minutes Start to Finish: 1 hour 10 minutes Makes 48 appetizers 2 cans (8 ounces each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 8 ounces sliced smoked turkey 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries 6 ounces shredded fontina or Swiss cheese 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed Heat oven to 350 F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Unroll 1 can dough on paper-lined cookie sheet. With floured rolling pin or fingers, roll or press dough into 12x8-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Top with turkey, cranberries and cheese to within 1/4 inch of edges. On 14-inch length of parchment paper, unroll remaining can of dough; press to 11x8-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Using pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut ten 8-inch strips, separating so 1/4 inch is between each strip. While holding paper with dough strips, turn dough strips upside down over cheese. Tuck ends of strips under dough. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter and garlic uncovered on High about 10 seconds or until melted. Brush garlic butter over edges and strips of dough; sprinkle with rosemary. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are browned and center is set, covering with foil during last 10 minutes of bake time if necessary to prevent excessive browning. Remove to cooling rack 5 to 10 minutes. Move to cutting board. Using pizza cutter or long-blade knife, cut into 24 squares, 6 rows by 4 rows, then cut each square in half diagonally.

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Building a legacy one project at a time Golden Shrimp Shells Prep time: 25 minutes Start to finish: 40 minutes Makes 24 appetizers 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed, rinsed and drained (from 7-ounce package) 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 can (8 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese Cocktail sauce Heat oven to 375 F. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Stir-fry shrimp, parsley, pepper sauce and garlic in oil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Remove dough from can in 2 rolled-up sections; do not unroll. Cut each roll into 12 slices; place 1 inch apart, cut side down, on ungreased cookie sheet. Press half of each dough slice to flatten. Place about 1 teaspoon shrimp mixture on flattened half of each slice. Fold remaining half of dough slice over shrimp; do not seal (openings may occur between dough layers). Sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with cocktail sauce.


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entertaining Cocoa-Ancho Chile Cookies Makes 30 cookies 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided Finely grated peel from one lime 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup baking cocoa 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 large egg Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and lime peel in shallow dish; stir well. Combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, ancho chile powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; stir well. Beat butter and remaining ¾ cup sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Beat in flour mixture. Scoop dough by level tablespoon, then roll into balls. Place balls in shallow dish with sugarlime mixture; swirl to coat. Place balls on ungreased baking sheet; flatten slightly. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Chocolate Macadamia Clusters Makes 5 dozen 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1 large egg 1/4 cup (2 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled 1/3 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or hazelnuts Chocolate Frosting: 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons buttermilk 2 cups powdered sugar Preheat oven to 400 F. In a mixing bowl with electric beaters, cream together sugar, butter and egg. Mix in cooled chocolate, buttermilk and vanilla until blended. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and nuts in a separate bowl; add to chocolate mixture. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto buttered baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when cookie is touched lightly in center. Remove at once from baking sheet to wire rack to cool. Chocolate Frosting: Melt chocolate and butter together over low heat or in the microwave. Stir in buttermilk and powdered sugar until smooth. Frost cookies. 52


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Delectable cookies fill your holiday kitchen — and heart Warm up the holidays with decadent cookies — and what could be more satisfying than chocolate? In the midst of all the sugar cookies, butter cookies and other flavors, chocolate sometimes gets lost. Find it again with these recipes. Fill your kitchen with the delectable aroma of baking cookies. Then pack a pretty gift box for family and friends or the neighborhood cookie exchange. — Recipes from Nestle

tastings Winter warmers & Christmas ale With a plethora of diverting summer and fall brews still in the fridge, it is hard to think about holiday beers — winter warmers, as they’re called, which are on the shelves now. It can be confusing trying to sort out this style until you realize that it is more about what strikes the brewmaster’s fancy rather than a rigidly defined style. Some are dark, some are light. Some are sweet, some are hoppy. Some are spiced in the manner of wassail or mulled ale, some are not. Alcohol content ranges from moderately low to moderately high. Throw in the fact that many brewers tweak their recipe from year to year, and it is hard to find a starting reference point. I tried these three last year, all Christmas seasonal brews, all delicious and none looked or tasted alike. Anchor’s Christmas Ale 2010 is a dark ruby red, mildly sweet and effervescent ale with a hard-topin-down spiciness and moderate 5.5-percent alcohol-by-volume. Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale is medium bodied, coppery, a bit dry, surprisingly hoppy and slightly stronger at 6 percent ABV. Nogne O God Jul is dense, dark as night, sweet and herbal with piney hops and clocks in at a potent 8.5 percent ABV.




Picking the best winter warmer is subjective. Many labels include a cheery description that can help narrow your choice, especially if you know what you like — piney, bitter hops, malty sweetness and tolerance for cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel in beer. During online shopping trips, visit brewery websites or beer review websites such as or for more specific information. You may encounter a clinker here and there, but most offerings are at least good, some are world class and it’s fun sorting it out. Prost! — Brandon Pollock

Ice, ice baby As the holiday entertaining season warms up, polish off a special meal with ice wine. These very sweet dessert wines are made from fruit left on the vine until frozen, then pressed to produce concentrated, sweet juice. Expect to pay more because it takes more fruit to make them, said Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits Manager Dwight Dehl. “Ice wine is for dessert people — very sweet, very prominent fruit taste, premium quality, a little pricey, but very enjoyable. “

MidAmerican Energy Company’s EnergyAdvantage® Financing program helps put energy efficiency, and lower energy bills, into the hands of Iowa residential customers sooner. The EnergyAdvantage Financing program, in partnership with First American Bank, is designed to provide qualifying customers access to competitive, fixed-interest rates or six months same-as-cash financing when they meet First American Bank’s credit requirements and purchase and install new energy-efficient equipment. Contact MidAmerican Energy for more information about applying for EnergyAdvantage Financing, and which equipment and windows qualify.

He suggests seasonal dessert wines from Engelbrecht Family Winery in Fredericksburg, including a raspberry wine, and Canadian ice wines such as Inniskillin Vidal, Eysium Black Muscat, Angel Ice wines and Renwood Amador Ice Zinfandel. There are also sparkling versions of ice wine.

TIP: Fill all your entertaining needs at Hy-Vee Food Stores and Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits.

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Deck, balcony for nature lovers

Expertise: Kugler Construction offers services from custom homes to remodels to siding, windows and decks, as well as design-tobuild. The company works with customers from conception to finished product to create a custom-built home that meets their wants and needs. Background: Kugler Construction has been in business for nearly 10 years as a family-owned and operated business. Bill and Billy Kugler work side by side, focusing on providing a quality product. Contact: Kugler Construction, 233-0011,

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erfect for nature lovers, hillside Plan HMAFAPW01025 from features a deck on the back and an upper-level balcony on the front to take advantage of a scenic location. Horizontal siding and plenty of stone complement the home’s exterior. The design features 1,530 square feet of living space on one level, with an unfinished walkout basement for future expansion and storage. The split entry opens to a staircase leading up to the main level or down to the unfinished basement. The kitchen is at the heart of this open layout, and has lots of counter space and a pass-through bar to the dining room. Both the living and dining rooms have sliding glass doors to the deck. A corner fireplace makes a warm focal point for both areas. After dinner, the expansive deck offers space to enjoy the evening. The secluded master bedroom sits on the right side, and offers a private bath, two closets and deck access. Two additional bedrooms with a shared bath sit to the left of the plan. One of these bedrooms has deck access. •



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HMAFAPW01025 DETAILS: • Bedrooms: 3 • Baths: 2 • Main floor: 1,530 sq. ft. • Total Living Area: 1,530 sq. ft. • Walkout basement: 1,530 sq. ft. • Garage: 315 sq. ft. • Dimensions: 77-7 x 61-0 • Exterior Wall Framing: 2x6 • Foundation Options: walkout basement A downloadable study plan of this house, including general information on building costs and financing is available at To order: Call (866) 722-1013, or mail to House of the Week, P.O. Box 75488, St. Paul, MN 55175-0488.























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Cedar Valley Home & Garden - Winter 2011  

Comforts fo Home: Beautiful spaces, Easy-going style, Wallpaper makes its return, What's new & next,. Sensational - and simple holiday appet...

Cedar Valley Home & Garden - Winter 2011  

Comforts fo Home: Beautiful spaces, Easy-going style, Wallpaper makes its return, What's new & next,. Sensational - and simple holiday appet...